Brandon Township Community Park is located at 1414 North Hadley Road in Ortonville, MI. From M-15 (Ortonville Road): Turn east onto Oakwood Road then turn north onto Hadley Road. The park is the first driveway on the right. The multipurpose/soccer fields and parking areas are to your left as you enter the park. Turn right for the sledding hill, playground, tree library, basketball court, volleyball courts, and baseball fields.
During the Summer, Brandon Township Community Park is open for use 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily.
During the Winter, Brandon Township Community Park is open for use 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.
The sledding hill at the park is available for use during park hours. The sledding hill’s motorized lift station operates on non-holiday Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weather permitting and is free to use. On week days, groups may rent the sledding hill lift station at the rate of $45 the first hour and $30 per additional hour. Electricity is available in both pavilions. Also enjoy Cross-Country Skiing and Hiking during regular park hours.
As Brandon Township grows, so grows the demand for quality recreation.
In 2000, Brandon Township Board of Trustees officially created a fully-staffed recreation department to provide our community residents with quality and accountability for recreational programming. Brandon Township Recreation (known today as Brandon Township Parks and Recreation) replaced an assortment of recreational groups that had previously operated independently within the community, such as the former Brandon-Groveland-Ortonville Recreation Commission.
In addition to organizing community recreational opportunities, Brandon Township Parks & Recreation is dedicated to the ongoing development of the Brandon Township Community Park. The Brandon Township Board of Trustees negotiated the sale of township property on Seymour Lake Road while concurrently negotiating the acquisition of a 47-acre parcel of farmland from the Vantine family. Brandon Township was finally able to begin development of the township’s first public recreational park.
Funding Park Development
Recreation Department staff immediately began organizing fundraisers and writing grant applications to fund development and construction of the new park. With support of the Ortonville Rotary Club, the Brandon Township Build a Park Club was born. In May of 2008, three short years following the property purchase, Brandon Township hosted Brandon Township Community Park’s Grand Opening Ceremony.
The park currently features four state-of-the-art multipurpose/soccer fields, baseball fields, volleyball courts, basketball court, two drainage ponds, a 40-foot sledding hill, a boundless playground, a living tree library, two pavilions, a children’s rock quarry, and a beautiful, natural fen area. A series of landscaped trails and walkways will allow walks through the preserved fen and wetland area. State-of-the-art comfort stations and a permanent concession building are scheduled for development in 2021-2022.
Brandon Township Parks & Recreation staffers keep busy writing and compiling grant applications for funding opportunities pertaining to park development and natural resource preservation. Every tree in Brandon Township Community Park’s unique Living Tree Library was paid for by state and private funding from grants awarded to the Brandon Township Parks & Recreation Department by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Federal grants such as Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) have been awarded four times. Brandon Township’s grant proposal for the Michigan DNR 2008 Land & Water Conservation Fund earned the highest marks of all remissions statewide. Written by the Parks and Recreation Director, the proposal was awarded $75,000 in match funding for park development. These funds facilitated the purchase and installation of an ADA-compliant boundless playground, a motorized lift station for the sledding hill, and a connecting path. Grants were awarded in 2016 for baseball fields, in 2017 for volleyball and basketball courts, and in 2019 for concessions and restrooms. A total of $445,000 matching money has been provided by the cell towers owned by Brandon Township.
The drop-off point for cans and bottles with deposits is the bin in the parking lot of the Brandon Township Fire Department on South Street in downtown Ortonville. These donations are used for park development.
Brandon Township Parks & Recreation says THANK YOU to all of the businesses, organizations, service groups, families and individuals who support our recreational mission. MANY THANKS goes out to our area business owners! We encourage the community to shop locally and support local businesses sponsoring recreation. THANK YOU, families and individuals, for finding time in your hectic schedules to instruct, coach, assist and attend recreational activities for the youth of our community.
Join the ranks of this growing group of citizens and businesses! Park donations are utilized exclusively for ongoing development of Brandon Township Community Park. Advertise your business by having a field or area within the park named in your honor! Become an Elite Sponsor via a single minimum donation of $3,500. Elite Sponsors will also receive special placement on the sponsorship structure to be placed near the park entrance. Please make checks payable to Brandon Township Parks & Recreation and write Park Donation on the memo line. Mail checks to: Brandon Township Parks & Recreation Dept. 395 Mill St. PO Box 929, Ortonville, MI, 48462. For more information, contact Brandon Township Parks & Recreation Director Fred Waybrant at 248-627-4640.